Friday, October 31, 2014

L'Artisan des Glaces - Epcot

After eating our way around the World Showcase at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, my family decided that they wanted dessert at L'Artisan des Glaces in the France Pavilion.  I have entered this quick service location many times with my family, who loves it, but I have never ordered anything, because I worry about cross contamination in ice cream shops, and I read my friend Sarah's review on her blog Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW.   


I don't know why I asked on this visit if their macaron ice cream sandwiches were gluten free, but I did, and the next thing I know, I was being shown an allergen page, which listed the chocolate and pumpkin macaron as free of wheat and gluten.  What?!?  I had been told in the past that the chocolate macaron was not gluten free, and some of my blog readers have had the same experience as well.  


The cast member who asked me if I had concerns about cross contamination happily got me a pumpkin macaron from the back.  Nina, our international student, loves this dessert, and now I understand why.  A pumpkin macaron filled with pumpkin spice ice cream is my idea of the perfect fall treat, and I am happy to say that I did not feel like I had been glutened at all after eating it.



Ice cream flavors without wheat/gluten include: caramel, chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, mint chocolate, pistachio, pumpkin, and vanilla.

Sorbet flavors free of dairy, egg, and wheat/gluten include lemon, mango, mixed berry and strawberry.

The iced cappuccino, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and caramel sauce do not contain gluten, and the chocolate macaron ice cream sandwich is free of gluten as well.

The allergy page they let me take a picture of had a lot of writing at the top, which got cut off in my picture.  I will be sure to take a look at it during my next visit.

My mom and dad tried both the pumpkin and chocolate macaron ice cream sandwiches, and preferred the chocolate, so I guess I need to try the chocolate the next time I am at L'Artisan des Glaces.

Because the ice cream and sorbet are scooped into waffle cones and brioche that contain gluten at the front of the shop, I would be hesitant to eat these items unless they came from a fresh container in the back, and were dished with a clean scoop.

Have you eaten at L'Artisan des Glaces in Epcot?  


Monday, October 27, 2014

Cinnamon Banana Waffles with Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix

For the past month, we have been enjoying pumpkin waffles made with Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix.


Sunday morning, I decided to make cinnamon banana waffles with the mix, and even stirred in some mini chocolate chips before making my last batch in my Mickey Mouse waffle maker.


The waffles tasted great, especially with some cinnamon honey butter and maple syrup on top.  


Gluten Free Cinnamon Banana Waffles with Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix

Ingredients


1 pouch of Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix (8.7 oz)

3/4 C lowfat milk
1 large egg
1/2 C mashed ripe bananas
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
6 T melted butter
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Optional - mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat waffle iron.  Melt the butter, and allow it to cool slightly.


In a large bowl, whisk together the mix, milk, and egg.  Add the banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and vanilla, stirring until just incorporated.  Do not overmix.  Optional - add chocolate chips.  


Scoop the batter into preheated waffle iron, and cook according to the instructions that come with the waffle iron.

Recipe Notes

Honey cinnamon butter - combine 4 tablespoons of softened salted butter with 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon.  

You can read more about my Mickey waffle maker, and how I cook my waffles here.  Each batch only takes about 3 1/2 to 4 minutes.  

I purchase Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix from Williams-Sonoma.  You can purchase it online, or locally, from their stores in Winter Park or the Mall at Millenia.  I recently discovered that it is also available from Vitacost.com.  

Cup4Cup Pancake & Waffle Mix contains cornstarch, white rice flour, sugar, brown rice flour, milk powder, tapioca flour, baking powder, potato starch, salt and xanthan gum.  The only allergy warning on the package is that it contains milk products.



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp Gluten Free Cereal

Until recently, I had never really understood the appeal of cereal.  My dad eats it 5 days a week when he is working, and so does my husband.  Except when I was pregnant with my twins and craving Honey Nut Cheerios in my first trimester (pre-celiac), I have never liked any brand of cereal for more than a day or two, until I discovered Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp Gluten Free Cereal.  I actually bought it to make Gluten Free on a Shoestring pumpkin breakfast cookies.  The recipe called for Erewhon Quinoa & Chia cereal, but when I couldn't find that, I substituted Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp cereal as the recipe suggested.  


Don't let the buckwheat scare you away from this cereal, because buckwheat does not contain wheat.  In addition to organic whole buckwheat grouts, my one and only favorite cereal also contains organic brown rice, organic brown rice syrup, organic hemp seeds, organic maple syrup, and sea salt.  One cup has 220 calories, 5 grams of dietary fiber, and 6 grams of protein.  


With some banana slices and milk, you have cereal perfection!  My dad was shocked when I told him that I was eating this cereal, because he knows I don't like cereal.  I then got one of my dad's famous lectures on how healthy cereal is, and how healthy he eats compared to to the rest of our family.  He's a funny man, my dad.  He was then doubly shocked when I told him that I ate it with milk, because I don't drink milk. After patiently listening to lecture number two about the importance of drinking milk, and that our bodies need calcium, I reminded him that I eat yogurt and cheese almost every day.  Oops, I forgot to tell him about the ice cream.  :-)


I love that Erewhon SuperGrains Buckwheat & Hemp cereal is crispy, and doesn't quickly get soggy in milk, like so many other cereals.  I also like that it is not overly sweet, but has just the slightest hint of sweetness from the organic maple and brown rice syrups.  I am not sure why I thought to add some banana slices the first time I tried Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp cereal, but the combination is really amazing!  


I purchase Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp cereal from my local Whole Foods or from Vitacost.com.  It is non-GMO, organic, and certified gluten free.  Update - I have also found it at The Fresh Market.  

What is your favorite gluten free cereal?  


Monday, October 20, 2014

Food Allergy & Celiac Convention

I am so excited for the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention that is being held at Walt Disney World's Coronado Springs Resort on Saturday, November 22nd.  This event is for people with food allergies and celiac disease, and features a vendor expo, speakers, demonstrations & workshops, and allergen-free catered meal experiences.



General admission tickets to the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention are available for purchase online for just $10 for adults ($15 at the door), and $5 for kids ages 3 to 9.  General admission ticket prices include entrance to the expo, speakers, workshops & culinary demonstrations.  

Separate tickets for the following meals and special experiences can be purchased here:
  • Brer's Breakfast Buffet - breakfast pastries, fruit carving station, Mickey waffles and pancakes with all the fixings, gluten-free oatmeal station, and the Three Caballeros' Fajita Station (all completely free of the top 8 allergens and gluten).  I already bought my ticket for this buffet, which is 9:00-10:00am on the day of the convention.  The menu looks amazing!  
  • Be Our (Dinner) Guest - after the expo, enjoy a magical meal, free of gluten and the top 8 allergens.  6:00 to 7:00pm on November 22nd.  
  • Supercalifragilistic Sundae Bar - features non-dairy ice creams and loads of allergy-free and gluten-free toppings.  3:00-4:00 on November 22nd.  
  • A Spoonful of (Allergy-Free!) Sugar (pre-event experience) - cookbook author Laurie Sadowski will discuss baking your way through the holidays, and how you can modify and adapt recipes.  3:00 to 5:00pm on Friday, November 21st.
  • Sunday Funday at Splitsville (post-event experience) - bowl (shoes included), play billiards, then stay for a special lunch (optional).  10:00 to noon on Sunday, November 23rd.  



The keynote speaker for the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention is Gary Jones, the Culinary Dietary Specialist for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.  Other speakers include Matt Maslowski (Disney chef - Contemporary Resort), Elizabeth Barbone (Gluten-Free Baking), Anne Roland Lee (Schar), Kate Hufnagel (The Diary of Ana Phylaxis), Joel Warady (Enjoy Life Foods), Amy Wicker (AllergySafeTravel), Dr. Kendra Baker (4A specialist), Caitlin Brady (chef), Amy Brown (WellAmy.com), and Sue Weber (The Artisan Tavolo).  You can view the speaker & demo schedule here.  

The Vendor Expo runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  If you're not sure what a vendor expo is, check out my blog post about my experience at the Gluten-Free Living Conference.  I got to sample so many amazing gluten free products!  You can view the vendor list for the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention here.  


If you are traveling to Disney World from out of town, Destinations in Florida has special group discounts for the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention at a variety of Walt Disney World Resorts.


I hope to see you at Walt Disney World on November 22nd for the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention!